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|2014-12-09||Route: From Chicago Lakes TH
Info: Not much as far as 13er beta so I figured I‘d post a report even though I did not summit. Set off from Echo Lake on the Chicago Lakes Trail with hopes of climbing Gray Wolf today. I was on Chief Mountain yesterday and could tell that the ridge up Gray Wolf was wind-swept and mostly snow free. The trail was mostly hard packed snow with some ice, micro spikes would be beneficial but I never put mine on (had my mountaineering boots on). Decided to just hike to the lakes because I had my dog and did not feel like navigating the maze of fallen trees with him to gain the ridge. Definitely leaving the trail and gaining the ridge initially would be the crux because it looks steep, had snow, rocks and fallen trees, but with careful routefinding one could make it up without any issues. More snow on that slope than on the ridge leading to the summit. Might go back soon without the dog to tag this forgotten 13er!
|2014-06-11||Route: approach via spalding
Info: snow fields at the top required careful footing but no traction devices needed.
|2012-10-20||Route: Guanella Pass
Info: Awesome morning, a little chilly, but not bad. No issues with snow or ice. Wind picked up considerably near and at summit. Wind chill put us in low 20s. Beautiful day otherwise. Stopped at freezing pond at 12k‘ for lunch and enjoyed the views of Bierstadt and the Sawtooth.
|2012-03-10||Route: From Guanella road closure
Info: Climbed Gray Wolf Mtn (13,602ft - Ranked 190) from the Guanella road closure. Didn’t plan it out on the map so we were thinking it would be about 9 – 10 miles. Turned out to be about 11.5, but still didn’t quite get to 3k gained (2,911 ft on my GPS). * Road is packed snow from the closure up to just before the pass. * The restrooms in the parking lot are open and stocked with TP. We followed the standard Bierstadt trail until a bit before the creek crossing. Then we just walked across the frozen lake/marsh area up Scott Gomer Creek (not advised for the trip back in the afternoon). As we approached the northern edge at about 11,500 – 11,600, we started our trench-building. This lasted about 500 feet up to just above the pond at about 12,100 where we stashed our snowshoes. Above that, there was open tundra mixed with some generally shallow, bulletproof snow. Also, got a look at Squaretop-Argentine-Wilcox from this side, but the image is too big to upload. Pics: 1) Our route 2) Overview 3) Crossing the lake/marsh. We pass the trees that are on the left before we head up to the left. 4) Above the snowshoe cache More pics available on request.
|2011-12-17||Route: NE Ridge via Chicago Lakes Trail
Info: Colin (astrobassman) and I attempted Gray Wolf‘s NE Ridge via Chicago Lakes Trail from the Echo Lake Campground. See Al‘s (piper14er) trip report for more info on the route: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=7609 This is a long (11+ miles) winter outing. From the start of the Chicago Lakes Trail, there are two different sets of established tracks. We took the left set. Go right! The left set of tracks stayed high and headed into cliffy terrain. We lost a lot of time having to backtrack and find a way down some steep terrain to rejoin the trail. Even when we had the trail, the going was not easy. This area definitely saw some damage from the windstorm awhile back. There are a lot of downed trees on and off the trail that require climbing over, under, sideways, etc. We managed to lose the trail again near the creek crossing due to tree downfall and the presence of several tracks nearby. Once on the road, the going is good for awhile. Well-established tracks make the road walk easy. There is a large tree down across the road at one point, but an alternate track is in place around its right side. We didn‘t get to enjoy the road for very long as we started heading up the eastern slopes to gain Gray Wolf‘s NE Ridge. There was a lot more snow on this slope than we expected and it was pure sugar (miserable) combined with more downed trees. We were able to stash the snowshoes once on the ridge proper, but still had a long way to go and not enough time. We turned back short of 12,700. We had snowshoes most of the day, which led to some fun maneuvers on trees and boulders - we decided this new sport should be called "extreme snowshoeing". I might recommend considering a different route as there are easier ways to get Gray Wolf, but with a trench in place, you might want to go for it while the groundwork‘s been laid.